Elpis Returns Picture

ELPIS was the goddess of hope.
She, along with the other Daimones, were locked in a jar by Zeus, and entrusted to the care of the first woman, Pandora. When Pandora opened it in her curiousity, all of the spirits escaped from the jar, except Elpis, who remained behind to comfort mankind.

"But, some may say, a medicine [Hope] has been planted to make long-suffering mortals forget their troubles, to save their lives. Would that Pandora had never opened the heavenly cover of that jar - she the sweet bane of mankind!" - Nonnus, Dionysiaca 7.7


Photo taken 03/11/07
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